Thanksgiving: The main event this week is obviously Turkey Day on Thursday, and all the fun leading up to it. We’ve assembled the ultimate guide to Thanksgiving in Washington, which includes dining recommendations and takeout options, plus tips for party planning, hostess gifts, turkey trots, and much more.
Business of booze: Industree presents a behind-the-scenes look at DC’s drinking scene on Monday from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guests can mingle with top mixologists, beverage directors, and brand ambassadors including Brent Kroll of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Michael Cherner of Ledroit Brands, and Mintwood Place’s Maurice Cherry, and hear their thoughts on a panel moderated by Duane Sylvestre. Tickets ($15 to $50) include drink samples.
Cocktails for a cause: Movember, the month-long campaign to raise awarness for men’s health issues, is nearly over. Jack Rose makes a final push on Monday between 6 and 8, where you’ll find $10 Ketel One cocktail specials, with half of all proceeds going to charity.
A pizza special: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza celebrates Thanksgiving all week. Drop by Monday through Wednesday and Friday for their seasonal pie made with roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, goat cheese, and pancetta. The special is available at all locations, and is $3.50 a slice.
Happy hour: CityCenterDC’s Mango Tree throws a pre-holiday party on Wednesday from 11:30 am to close. Specially-priced beer, wine, and punch will be served throughout the day. Wear Thanksgiving paraphernalia to receive a free shot. Guests can capture memories in a photo booth, and enter a raffle to win door prizes.
Friendsgiving: Republic in Takoma Park hosts a pre-Thanksgiving party on Wednesday at 10 pm. Drop by with friends and family for games like Cards for Humanity, Monopoly, Life, and Balderdash, and a karaoke competition. Food and drink specials fuel the fun. Admission is free; prices vary.
Popover day: BLT Steak continues its celebration of Thanksgiving on Friday. Head to the restaurant or bar for “leftover” popovers stuffed with turkey, cranberry chutney, potato puree, and rosemary gravy ($10 per popover).
Made in DC: DC Brau teams up with Think Local First DC for a holiday marketplace on Saturday from 1 to 7 and the Northeast brewery. Shop from DMV-based artists and artisans to the tune of live music, including a number of food purveyors like Langdon Barrel-Aged Syrup, Real Sauce Company, Red Apron, and more. Local food trucks provide extra eats, while shoppers can sup beers in the tasting room. Admission is free; food and drink prices vary.
Road trip: Early Mountain Vineyards near Charlottesville hosts a holiday celebration on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Throughout the event enjoy live entertainment for kids and adults alike. Young people can ride a horse-drawn carriage, take their photo taken with Santa, and decorate cookies. Local artisans and craftsmen showcase their wares. Local chili and wine from the vineyard will served. There is no charge for admission; food and drink prices vary.